Posted: 9:02 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2016

High School Fooball: Springfield’s Danny Davis 2nd team All-Ohio

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High School Fooball: Springfield’s Danny Davis 2nd team All-Ohio photo
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Springfield’s Danny Davis (with ball) is a second team All-Ohio Division I selection as a running back. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

By Marc F. Pendleton

Staff Writer

Danny Davis, Springfield High School’s outstanding two-way performer, landed on All-Ohio high school football second team offense as a running back on Monday. The Division I and II teams were released by the Associated Press.

Davis, 6-feet-3, 190 pounds, was a key player for the Wildcats in their resurgence under head coach Maurice Douglass and also a four-year starter. Springfield (7-4) lost in the first round of the D-I, Region 3 playoffs to Pickerington Central, which advanced to the state semifinals.

Offensively, Davis excelled as a running back, receiver and returner. He led the Wildcats with 1,195 yards rushing in 171 carries (7.0 average) and ran for seven touchdowns. He also was a home run receiving threat, amassing 559 yards on just 22 catches (25.4 yards) and scoring another six touchdowns.

He averaged 13.9 yards on 14 punt returns (one touchdown) and 22.1 yards on 14 kickoff returns. He also was a secondary standout.

Davis was first-team All-Southwest District and Cox Media Group Ohio All-Area and was the offensive player of the year in the Greater Western Ohio Conference National East Division. He also was a second-team All-Ohio choice as a junior.

Besides football, Davis is a decorated basketball player as well who will contend for All-Ohio honors in that sport, too. He was second team All-Ohio in basketball as a junior, too.

He remains uncommitted and has many offers in both sports, including football offers from Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan State Penn State and West Virginia.

Davis was the only area player to make the All-Ohio D-I teams. Quarterback Will Phillis (Hilliard Bradley) was the D-I offensive player of the year and linebacker Matt Brown (Solon) the defensive player of the year. Steve Hale (Powell Olentangy Liberty) was the D-I coach of the year.

The D-II players of the year were quarterback Lynn Bowden (Warren Harding) and lineman Brian Zimmerman (Dublin Scioto). Tennyson Varney (Columbus Franklin Heights) was the D-II coach of the year.

The Divisions III and IV teams will be released today and Divisions V and VI on Wednesday. The Division VII teams and Mr. Football will be announced on Thursday. Teams were based on coaches’ nominations, voted on by district media groups and compiled by the Associated Press.